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Island County Commissioners

Mission Statement:

Quality Services for a Quality Life

Guiding Principles:

  • Provide for the long term health and safety of the people, the economy and our natural resources
  • Assure customer service & promote operational excellence and efficiencies of Island County
  • Promote active participation in government.
  • Fulfill our constitutional responsibilities, holding ourselves to a high standard of accountability, transparency, ethics and fairness.
  • Maintain agricultural & recreational opportunities while strengthening our economic vitality.

Historical Note:

Island County's first Commissioners' meeting takes place in Coveland April 4, 1853.

On April 4, 1853, the first Island County Commissioners' meeting took place in Coveland, the newly designated county seat, located on Penn's Cove northwest of Coupeville on Whidbey Island's east coast. The meeting was held at the home of Commissioner John Alexander. The other two commissioners attending were John Crockett and Samuel D. Howe.

Island County was one of four counties carved out of Thurston County by the Oregon Territorial Legislature. At the time, it included the future Island, San Juan, Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties.

The first regular business for the Commission was a proposed road to Coveland from Ebey's Landing on the west side of the island. The board approved a petition for the road from Colonel Isaac N. Ebey (1818-1857) and 11 others. They appointed Ebey, Daniel Show, and Samuel Crockett to lay out the county road, as requested. They also appointed Hugh Crockett as sheriff.

The Board:

The Board of County Commissioners is the County's legislative and executive authority and is made up of three commissioners elected to four-year terms. The county is divided into three geographic districts based on population and at the time of election, each Commissioner must live in the district from which they are elected. The County Commissioners' positions are partisan and are nominated in a primary election embracing only their particular district. All voters in the county are given an opportunity in the general election to select the commissioner who will ultimately serve.

The Commissioners are charged with overseeing county operations; financial and budgetary matters; and the adoption of laws that regulate county growth, health, safety and welfare of its citizens.

Board Meetings:

The Board of Island County Commissioners meet in regular open session the first four Tuesdays of every month at 10:00 a.m. and the fourth Tuesday beginning at 2:00 p.m. for Roundtable discussion with Elected County Officials and Appointed Department Heads.

Tuesday meetings are televised via a videoconferencing link to Island County's Camano Administrative Building, 121 N. East Camano Drive south of Camano Plaza and Camaloch Golf Course. A public comment period is scheduled at 10:00 a.m. on the first four Tuesdays of each month.

The Board also meets regularly on the first three Wednesdays beginning at 9:00 a.m. for Work Sessions with Elected Officials and Appointed Department Heads and the third Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. as the Island County Board of Health.

Meetings are held in the Commissioners' Hearing Room located downstairs in the Courthouse Annex Building, Room #B102, at 1 NE 6th Street in Coupeville, Washington.

In compliance with the WA State Governor's Washington Ready Proclamation and Senate Concurrent Resolution 8402, the meetings will remain available via Starleaf, the in-person component is back in place as allowed in the Misc. Venue Guidance (6/30/2021)

Please visit the weekly Regular Session Meeting Agenda or Work Session Agenda for the meeting ID number by clicking the links below: 

Click here for Online and In-Person Public Participation Guidelines.

If you have questions about the Board meetings, please do not hesitate to call our office at 360-679-7354. 


If you wish to make an oral public comment, please see the upcoming agenda links listed above.  

If you would like to provide written comment to the Board, please email your comments to CommentBOCC@islandcountywa.gov.  In your comment, please make sure you include the following: date of the Hearing and the item you wish to provide written comment.    Written comments will not be read during the meeting.  All Board members will receive the written comments.  Thank you for your understanding.

COVID-19 Island County

If you would like to read any of the adopted resolutions in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, please click on the links below:

For up-to-date Island County COVID-19 information, please click here.

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